Monday, March 10, 2008

Number Problem 5 Solution

This one's a lot easier to work algebraically. You could get it by trial an error or course, but its easy if you think of one number being just x and the other number being (40-x)

so for example if the number was 10 then the other number would be (40 - 10) or 30

*this is pretty close if you check 5(10) = 50 2(30) = 60 which is a 10 difference and not a 3 through trial and error you could get the right answer just switching out a new number


So 2 times the 1st number lets use (40-x) since multiply by 2 with this is easier than by 5

2 (40 - x) is "equal" to

3 more than 5 times another number (x)

or 5x + 3

altogether we have 2(40-x) = 5x + 3

80 - 2x = 5x + 3
77 = 7x
x = 11

so 1 number is 11 and the other number is (40 - 11) or 29

check it--- 2(29) = 58 5(11) = 55 and indeed they are 3 apart


  1. the answers should be 74/7 and 206/7,

  2. sorry thats incorrect -- those numbers added together do equal 40 but they dont follow the other stipulations of the problem ---> (206/7) * 2 which is 58.8571429 is not 3 more than (74/7) * 5 which is 52.8571429 ---> its 6 more ! So close -- but how did you get these numbers? I'm curious since it is close.

  3. yeah its ok to commit mistakes, at least you have the problem,....

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  5. its inorrect....hope you understand....

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    1. its correct..

      let the two numbers be equal to x and y

      (equation 1): the sum of the two numbers is equal to 40: x+y=40 (eq.1)

      (equation 2): twice the first number... : 2x : =
      ...3 more than... : 3+
      ...5 times the other number...: 5y
      : 2x=3+5y (eq.2)

      equation 1 can also be expressed as: x=40-y

      so substituting it with the (x) in equation 2 would result to another equation which is: 2(40-y)=3+5y

      solve for x by substituting the value of y in any of the two equations:
      (equation 1): x+y=40

      the two numbers are 11 & 29

      if you're still in doubt encode the two equations on a CASIO fx-991 or 570 ES and use its equation function to check if the answer is correct..


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